American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 May 2012
ASDA Central Office Staff Changes
ASDA has promoted two of its staff members. Meghan Keelean, CMP, is now program manager and will manage the educational content, registration and housing for all ASDA national meetings. Danielle Bauer, CAE, is now the director of membership and will direct membership initiatives, oversee the operations of all chapters and develop leadership training for national and chapter leaders. For a complete listing of the central office staff, visit the website.

Save $50 Per Person if you Register by 6/29
Registration is now open for ASDA's National Leadership Conference, Nov. 2-4, in Chicago. This new event will provide leadership training and development opportunities to dental students across all years, customized to your individual knowledge, experience and interests. Register by June 29 to save $50 per person! (If you are registering six people by 6/29, that's $300 off.) Instructions were sent to delegates last week. If you have questions or issues, e-mail Meghan Keelean.  
Promote NLC at your School
Spread the word about ASDA's National Leadership Conference at your school. Print out this flier and tack it up to your ASDA bulletin board or distribute at your next event. You can also share the schedule of events.

For more
information on the NLC, go to
New Chapter Feature on ASDA's Blog
Each month, Mouthing Off will spotlight an ASDA chapter to showcase their activities and members. Read this month's spotlight on the ASDA Houston chapter and learn about their successful family picnic. E-mail to feature your chapter. 
Do you have new chapter leaders?
This time of year, many chapters elect new officers for the year. Notify central office of your new leaders' names and contact information so they receive important updates for your chapter. Please send the information to Erin Kato, membership administrator, at  
2012 Membership Exceeds 2011
As of April 30, ASDA has 18,417 members, including 17,675 predoctoral, 721 predental and 21 international dental student members. This total exceeds the membership numbers from April 2011 by 143 members. You can download a list of your chapter's current members using the  Membership Directory. This list provides members' ASDA membership number and e-mail address on file. If you have any questions regarding your chapter's membership totals, contact Erin Kato, membership administrator, at 
Full Day of Leadership Programming at ADA New Dentist Conference, June 22
This three-day conference in Washington, D.C., kicks off with a day of leadership programming, including a hot topics session featuring Q&A with officers and members of the ADA Board of Trustees.


Advance registration is $275 for dental student members. Visit to register, find information on travel and hotel reservations and to select your courses.


Questions? 312-440-2779 or For more information on ADA resources for new dentists, visit, or check out Facebook and Twitter.  
Membership FAQs

I am graduating from dental school in May. What happens with my ASDA and ADA membership?

Since ASDA's membership runs on a calendar year, you are still a predoctoral member of ASDA until Dec. 31, 2012. This means, you are still eligible for the full benefits of ASDA, including health insurance, free life and disability insurance and our publications. Be sure to update your contact information with ASDA so you can continue to receive your benefits (see below for instructions on updating your address).


ADA membership also runs on a calendar year so your student membership does not expire until Dec. 31. However, now is the time to start planning your conversion from student to active ADA membership. You have several options, depending on your next step after graduation: 1) graduate student membership if you are going into a graduate program or residency; 2) tripartite membership through your state society, if you will be an associate, starting a practice, or faculty of a dental school; 3) federal dental service membership for those going into the armed forces or becoming a federal employee; and 4) provisional membership if you have graduated but haven't started a professional career yet. All categories have reduced rates. For details, visit   


How do I update my contact information?

There are three ways to update your contact information, including email address, with ASDA:

  1. Go online to and login as a member using your last name as your user name and ADA number as your password
  2. E-mail 
  3. Call 800-621-8099, ext. 2795

Who should I contact with questions or concerns?

Quote of the Month
Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.
----Ashleigh Brilliant

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
-ASDA Staff Update
-NLC Registration Discount
-NLC Chapter Flier
-Chapter Shoutouts
-Chapter Leadership Changes
-Membership Update
-ADA New Dentist Conference
-Membership FAQs

May ASDA News
Spring Mouth

Upcoming Events

Nov. 2-4, 2012
National Leadership Conference
Chicago, Ill.

March 6-9, 2013
Annual Session 2013
Atlanta, Ga.
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